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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Ohio

in chronological order

  William W. Irvin (1779-1842) — of Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. Born near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., April 5, 1779. Democrat. Lawyer; common pleas court judge in Ohio, 1803-04; impeached and removed from office as judge by the state legislature, 1804; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1806-07, 1825-27; Speaker of the Ohio State House of Representatives, 1825-26; justice of Ohio state supreme court, 1810-15; candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1822; U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1829-33. Died March 27, 1842 (age 62 years, 356 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Lancaster, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Smith (c.1735-1824) — of Columbia (now part of Cincinnati), Hamilton County, Ohio. Born about 1735. Democrat. Member of Northwest Territory legislature, 1799-1803; delegate to Ohio state constitutional convention from Hamilton County, 1802; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1803-08; resigned 1808. Indicted in Richmond, Virginia, 1807 on charges of participating in treasonous schemes with Aaron Burr; the charges were dropped after Burr was acquitted. Later that year, a Senate committee chaired by John Quincy Adams recommended that Smith be expelled from the Senate for his association with Burr. A trial was held in April 1808; Smith was represented by Francis Scott Key and Robert Goodloe Harper. The expulsion resolution failed on a vote of 19 to 10, one vote short of the two-thirds required. Died in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, La., July 30, 1824 (age about 89 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Stanbery (1788-1873) — of Newark, Licking County, Ohio. Born in Essex County, N.J., August 10, 1788. Lawyer; member of Ohio state senate, 1824-25; U.S. Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1827-33; censured by the Congress for use of unparliamentary language, July 11, 1832. Died in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, January 23, 1873 (age 84 years, 166 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Samuel W. Davies (c.1776-1843) — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in England, about 1776. Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1833-43. Tried by the city council in 1842 for mishandling a bank riot, and found guilty, but excused due to poor health. Died December 22, 1843 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Benjamin Tappan (1773-1857) — of Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. Born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass., May 25, 1773. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Ohio state senate from Trumbull County, 1803-04; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; common pleas court judge in Ohio, 1816-23; candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1826; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1832; U.S. District Judge for Ohio, 1833; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1839-45. Censured by the Senate on May 10, 1844, over his disclosure to the New York Evening Post of a secret message from President John Tyler outlining terms for the annexation of Texas. Died in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 20, 1857 (age 83 years, 330 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Tappan (1747-1831) and Sarah (Homes) Tappan (1748-1826); married, March 20, 1801, to Nancy Wright (1778-1822; sister of John Crafts Wright); uncle of Susannah Tappan (who married Hiram Barney (1811-1895)); fourth cousin of Mason Weare Tappan.
  Political family: Tappan-Merrill-Wright family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Everard Peck (1821-1867) — also known as H. E. Peck — of Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., July 20, 1821. Republican. College professor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1856; U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Haiti, 1865-66; U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1866-67, died in office 1867. Abolitionist; involved in rescue of an escaping slave in Wellington, near Oberlin, Ohio, in September 1858; among the 20 men who were arrested and charged with "infringement of the Fugitive Slave Law"; the trial ended when the slave catchers (who had pressed the charges) were indicted for kidnapping. Died, of yellow fever, in Haiti, June 9, 1867 (age 45 years, 324 days). Interment somewhere in Oberlin, Ohio.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Edson Baldwin Olds (1802-1869) — also known as Edson B. Olds — of Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio; Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. Born in Marlboro, Windham County, Vt., June 3, 1802. Democrat. Physician; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1842-43, 1845-46, 1862-66; member of Ohio state senate, 1846-48; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1849-55 (9th District 1849-53, 12th District 1853-55); defeated, 1854; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864. Arrested for alleged disloyalty to the Union and imprisoned in Fort Lafayette in 1862. Died in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, January 24, 1869 (age 66 years, 235 days). Interment at Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lawrence Washington Hall (1819-1863) — of Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio. Born in Lake County, Ohio, 1819. Democrat. Lawyer; common pleas court judge in Ohio, 1852-57; U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1857-59; defeated, 1858. Imprisoned for alleged disloyalty to the Union in 1862. Died of a lung hemorrhage, Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, January 18, 1863 (age about 43 years). Original interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus, Ohio; reinterment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Clement Laird Vallandigham (1820-1871) — also known as Clement L. Vallandigham — of Ohio. Born in New Lisbon (now Lisbon), Columbiana County, Ohio, July 29, 1820. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1845-46; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1856, 1864, 1868; U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1858-63; defeated, 1852, 1854, 1862; candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1863. Leader of the pro-Southern "Copperheads" during the Civil War; arrested by the Union military authorities in 1863 for treasonable utterances, and banished to the Confederate States; returned to the North by way of Canada. Accidentally shot himself, while practicing a courtroom demonstration he planned as part of a defense in a murder trial (not actually in court at the time, contrary to legend), and died of his wound the next day, in the Lebanon House hotel, Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, June 17, 1871 (age 50 years, 323 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
  Relatives: Uncle of John A. McMahon (1833-1923).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Samuel Medary (1801-1864) — also known as "The Wheel Horse of Ohio Democracy" — of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in Montgomery Square, Montgomery County, Pa., February 25, 1801. Democrat. Newspaper editor; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1834; member of Ohio state senate, 1836; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1844, 1856, 1864; postmaster at Columbus, Ohio, 1847-49, 1858; Governor of Minnesota Territory, 1857-58; Governor of Kansas Territory, 1858-59, 1859-60, 1860, 1860; candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1859. Originated the slogan "Fifty-four forty or fight," calling for aggressive action on the Oregon boundary dispute with Great Britain in the 1840s; the American claim of all the land up to 54°40' north latitude encompassed most of what is now British Columbia. Indicted by a federal grand jury in 1864 for conspiracy against the government; arrested; released on bond; never tried. Died in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, November 7, 1864 (age 63 years, 256 days). Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Medary (1770-1839) and Elizabeth (Harris) Medary; married to Elizabeth Scott (1807-1885); great-grandfather of James Gillespie Blaine III (1888-1969).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York; Dewey-Blaine-Coit-Huntington family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The community of Medary, South Dakota, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alexander Long (1816-1886) — of Ohio. Born in Greenville, Mercer County, Pa., December 24, 1816. Democrat. Member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1848; U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1863-65; defeated, 1860; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1864, 1880; candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1865. Censured by the House of Representatives during the Civil War, for treasonable utterances. Died in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, November 28, 1886 (age 69 years, 339 days). Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Carl Adolphus Gottlieb Adae (1839-1915) — also known as Carl A. G. Adae — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Möckmühl, Germany, June 9, 1839. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Vice-Consul for Germany in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1871-77; president of the C. F. Adae & Co. bank; after the bank became insolvent in December 1878, he was arrested and charged with bank fraud, that is, accepting deposits knowing that the bank was about to fail; the case was referred to the grand jury, but no indictments resulted; insurance agent. German ancestry. Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 26, 1915 (age 75 years, 231 days). Interment at The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Johann Mattheaus Adae (1814-1899) and Marie Friederika Luis (Schwarz) Adae (1817-1859); brother of Otto Phillipp Max Adae; married to Anna Moody Culbertson (1848-1922); nephew of Carl Friedrich Adae (1815-1868).
  Political family: Adae family of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George B. Cox — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1900, 1904, 1908. Political boss of Cincinnati at the turn of the century. Indicted on corruption charges in 1906, but never convicted. Burial location unknown.
  Frank Sylvestor Monnett (b. 1857) — also known as Frank S. Monnett — of Crawford County, Ohio. Born in Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio, March 19, 1857. Lawyer; Ohio state attorney general, 1896-1900; defeated in Democratic primary, 1926; Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 12th District, 1910; in 1915, when the U.S. was still neutral in World War I, he was a committee chair in "Labor's National Peace Council," which advocated a weapons embargo against the countries then at war; the organization secretly received funding from German agents; indicted in December 1915, along with H. Robert Fowler, Frank Buchanan, and others, for restraint of trade over the Peace Council's attempts to foment strikes in U.S. munitions plants; stood trial with seven co-defendants, but during the trial, the charges against him were dismissed. Died in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Interment at Monnett Chapel Graveyard, Dallas Township, Crawford County, Ohio.
  Charles M. Slaughter — of Athens, Athens County, Ohio. Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1910-14. Charged with misconduct as justice of the peace; convicted on a lesser charge of misappropriating public funds; served about a year in prison; pardoned; made restitution. Burial location unknown.
Elmer T. Allison Elmer T. Allison (1883-1982) — of Seattle, King County, Wash.; Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn.; Washington. Born in Houstonia, Pettis County, Mo., December 5, 1883. Communist. Sawmill worker; arrested in Cleveland, 1919, on charges of violating the state's criminal syndicalism law; Workers candidate for New York state senate 14th District, 1926; poet. Member, Industrial Workers of the World. Died in Olympia, Thurston County, Wash., July 18, 1982 (age 98 years, 225 days). Interment at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Allison and Mattie (Johnson) Allison; brother of Hortense Allison (who married Alfred Wagenknecht); married 1908 to Anna Theresa Swanson; married 1922 to Rose Rosen; uncle of Helen Allison Winter (1908-2001) (who married Carl Winter).
  Political family: Winter-Wagenknecht family.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Marxists Internet Archive
  Thomas B. Roush (born c.1861) — of Athens, Athens County, Ohio. Born in Ohio, about 1861. Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1920-22; resigned 1922. Resigned as mayor after his son, the police chief, was caught soliciting and accepting a bribe. Burial location unknown.
  Fred William Yoos (1879-1940) — also known as Fred W. Yoos — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 20, 1879. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; railroad flagman; police officer; rubber tire worker; after serving as an organizer for the Ku Klux Klan, he resigned, or was expelled, and announced in January 1923 that he would expose corruption and "un-American prejudice" in the local Klan organization; on January 18, police received an anonymous "tip off" that Yoos was illegally carrying a concealed weapon; he was searched, and no weapon was found on his person, but a companion had a gun, and Yoos was arrested and held in jail for days until released; he continued to express opposition to the Ku Klux Klan, but did not make the disclosures he promised; Independent candidate for mayor of Akron, Ohio, 1923. German ancestry. Member, Ku Klux Klan; Freemasons. Died in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, May 31, 1940 (age 61 years, 132 days). Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park, Fairlawn, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Fred B. Yoos and Katie (Hurst) Yoos; married, October 24, 1900, to Hedwig 'Hattie' Wojahn.
  Harry Micajah Daugherty (1860-1941) — also known as Harry M. Daugherty — of Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio; Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio, January 26, 1860. Republican. Lawyer; Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1890-94; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1924; U.S. Attorney General, 1921-24. Methodist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Subject of a Senate investigation of his conduct as Attorney General; resigned under fire; indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, but acquitted in 1927. Died in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, October 12, 1941 (age 81 years, 259 days). Interment at Washington Cemetery, Washington Court House, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of John H. Daugherty and Jane A. (Draper) Daugherty; married, September 3, 1884, to Lucie Walker.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books by Harry M. Daugherty: Inside Story of the Harding Tragedy (1932)
  Coleman W. Avery (1880-1938) — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, February 22, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; justice of Ohio state supreme court, 1920; appointed 1920; defeated, 1920. According to published reports, he murdered his wife, Sara, by shooting her in the head, and then shot himself; he was found and taken to General Hospital, where he died without regaining consciousness, in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, March 14, 1938 (age 58 years, 20 days). Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of William Ledyard Avery (1833-1898) and Johanna (Ummethun) Avery (1843-1909); married 1904 to Elinor Coates Baer (1882-1929); married 1934 to Sara Loving (1893-1938).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Walter Ellsworth Brehm (1892-1971) — also known as Walter E. Brehm — of Logan, Hocking County, Ohio; Millersport, Fairfield County, Ohio. Born in Somerset, Perry County, Ohio, May 25, 1892. Republican. Dentist; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1938-42; U.S. Representative from Ohio 11th District, 1943-53. Member, Grange; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Eagles; Elks; Kiwanis; Psi Omega. Convicted in 1951 of illegally accepting campaign contributions from a clerk in his office, and fined $5,000. Died in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, August 24, 1971 (age 79 years, 91 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Gilbert M. Brehm and Lucy E. (Lenhart) Brehm; married, September 20, 1923, to Lucille Fountain.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Gerald Norman Springer (b. 1944) — also known as Jerry Springer; "Sultan of Salaciousness" — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in London, England, February 13, 1944. Democrat. Resigned from Cincinnati city council in 1974 after admitting he paid a prostitute with a personal check, which was found in a police raid on a massage parlor; won back his council seat in 1975 and went on to become mayor; mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1977-78; candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1982; local television news anchor; host of a raucus national television talk show; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004. Jewish. Member, Tau Epsilon Phi. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1973 to Micki Velton (divorced).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Critical books about Jerry Springer: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)
  Wayne Levere Hays (1911-1989) — also known as Wayne L. Hays — of Flushing, Belmont County, Ohio. Born in Bannock, Belmont County, Ohio, May 13, 1911. Democrat. Mayor of Flushing, Ohio, 1939-45; member of Ohio state senate, 1941-42; Belmont County Commissioner, 1945-48; U.S. Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1949-76; resigned 1976; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960, 1964; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1979. In May 1976, he was caught up in a scandal when a clerk in his congressional office, Elizabeth Ray, charged that she was on the public payroll solely to provide sexual favors to the Congressman; Hays admitted most of the allegations; he resigned as committee chair in June, and resigned from Congress in September. Died February 13, 1989 (age 77 years, 276 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (b. 1941) — also known as James A. Traficant, Jr. — of Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. Born in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, May 8, 1941. Sheriff; U.S. Representative from Ohio 17th District, 1985-2002; removed 2002; defeated, 2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2000. As sheriff in the 1980s, was charged with accepting bribes, tried and acquitted. In May, 2001, he was indicted on ten counts of bribery and racketeering; tried and convicted; sentenced to prison; expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives, July 24, 2002. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: Tim Ryan
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Louis Stokes (1925-2015) — of Warrensville Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 23, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1969-99 (21st District 1969-93, 11th District 1993-99); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972, 1996. Methodist. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Kappa Alpha Psi. Arrested for drunken driving in 1983; convicted on a lesser charge and fined. Died August 18, 2015 (age 90 years, 176 days). Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
  Relatives: Brother of Carl Burton Stokes (1927-1996).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  J. William Petro (c.1940-2002) — of Ohio. Born about 1940. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1982-84. Fired as U.S. attorney amid charges that he leaked confidential information; found guilty of criminal contempt of court in 1985. Died, of a cerebral hemorrhage, May 23, 2002 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of James M. Petro (1948-).
  Marvin Leon Warner (1919-2002) — also known as Marvin L. Warner — of Ohio. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., 1919. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, 1977-79. One of 13 part-owners of the New York Yankees baseball team in 1973-75, and was also part owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Birmingham Stallions football teams. Horses he owned or bred competed in the Kentucky Derby. His first wife later married Albert Sabin, inventor of the oral polio vaccine. Head of the Cincinnati-based Home State Savings Bank when it collapsed in 1985, touching off a run on other Ohio banks. Convicted on fraud charges in 1987 and served 28 months in prison. Also charged in federal court, but acquitted. On a visit to witness a launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, suffered a heart attack and died, at Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Fla., April 8, 2002 (age about 82 years). Interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Miami, Fla.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Donald Edgar Lukens (1931-2010) — also known as Donald E. Lukens; Buz Lukens — of Middletown, Butler County, Ohio. Born in Harveysburg, Warren County, Ohio, February 11, 1931. Republican. U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1967-71, 1987-90 (24th District 1967-71, 8th District 1987-90); member of Ohio state senate, 1975. Member, Sertoma; Farm Bureau; Delta Chi; Order of Ahepa; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Convicted in 1989 on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, by having sex with a 16 year old girl; sentenced to 30 days in jail. Indicted in February 1995 on five counts of bribery and conspiracy; a jury in October 1995 found him not guilty on three counts but was unable to reach a verdict on the other two; a mistrial was declared. Reindicted in March 1996; tried and convicted. Died May 22, 2010 (age 79 years, 100 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Arthur Lukens and Edith (Greene) Lukens.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Mary Rose Oakar (b. 1940) — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Washington, D.C. Born in Ohio, March 5, 1940. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Ohio 20th District, 1977-93; defeated, 1992; member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008. Female. She and two nephews were indicted in 1995 over a scheme to evade campaign finance limits and put money into her campaign under the names of fake donors; she was also charged with obtaining money through bad checks on the House bank; pleaded not guilty to seven felonies, and challenged the validity of the charges; in 1998, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign finance violations. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  John Stozich (c.1927-2004) — of Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio. Born in Mingo Junction, Jefferson County, Ohio, about 1927. Republican. Member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1983-91; director, Ohio Department of Industrial Relations, 1991-95; mayor of Findlay, Ohio, 1996-2000; convicted of vehicular manslaughter in May, 2004 for a traffic accident in which a woman died; sentenced to three years probation; a jail term was suspended. Catholic. Died, in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, July 5, 2004 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
  Robert Alphonso Taft III (b. 1942) — also known as Bob Taft — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 8, 1942. Republican. Served in the Peace Corps; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1977-81; Hamilton County Commissioner, 1981-90; secretary of state of Ohio, 1991-99; Governor of Ohio, 1999-2007; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004; in 2005, he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanors involving failure to disclose gifts, and was fined $4,000; subsequently reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court. Methodist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Taft, Jr.; married to Hope Rothert; nephew of William Howard Taft III; grandson of Robert Alphonso Taft; grandnephew of Charles Phelps Taft II; great-grandson of William Howard Taft; great-grandnephew of Charles Phelps Taft and Henry Waters Taft; second great-grandson of Alphonso Taft and John Williamson Herron; second great-grandnephew of William Collins; third great-grandson of Peter Rawson Taft and Ela Collins; first cousin once removed of Seth Chase Taft (1922-?); first cousin twice removed of Walbridge S. Taft; second cousin five times removed of Willard J. Chapin; distant relative *** of Ezra Taft Benson.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Starkweather-Pendleton family of Preston, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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